Devo Why Tongues Part 14
Acts 8:14-25 (NIV)
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
This is incident number two. Though it does not specifically say they spoke in tongues it does make clear something visibly happened. I believe that Simon heard them speak in tongues and wanted the power to impart the same. There was a physical manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit. We will put this on a shelf for now, because the later incidences will show the truth. Noteworthy is that the Baptism was imparted through the laying on of hands, and these were not pure Jews they were considered half breeds. They were Jews who had mixed with an unholy race. God forgave and filled them showing He accepted them and made them Holy.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane